CFP: [Graduate] University of Iowa CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE

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Jessica Lawson
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8th Annual Craft Critique Culture Conference
April 11-13, 2008
Objective Witness: Performance, Document, Memory
University of Iowa

CRAFT CRITIQUE CULTURE is an interdisciplinary conference focusing on the intersections among
critical and creative approaches to writing both within and beyond the academy. This year’s
conference will examine the concept of witness as a nexus of documentation and performance,
past and present, event and audience, memory and revision. Our keynote speakers include
Cornell University’s Newton C. Farr Professor of American History and Culture, and Pulitzer Prize
winner, Michael Kammen; University of Iowa’s Professor of American Studies and Cinema and
Comparative Literature, Lauren Rabinovitz; and Indiana University’s Associate Professor of Law,
Jody Madeira.

We invite the submission of critical, theoretical and original creative work in a variety of media
and across the humanities, sciences and legal disciplines. In the past, submissions have included
not only traditional scholarly papers but also film, video, music, writing, visual art and artists’

Possible topics include, but are not limited to:
• Documentary: text, image, sound
• Legal witnesses, judicial testimony
• Fossils to antiques: objects as indexes
• Storytelling
• Reflexive Witness: ethnography and anthropology
• Surveillance and voyeurism
• Trauma, science and memory
• Preserving memory: archives and museums
• Reference, revision, lying
• Professional witnesses: experts, tastemakers, journalists
• Disability, wound as witness
• Marketing verisimilitude, “reality” television
• Institutional, corporate and national memory
• Hi-fidelity: technology and recording
• Credibility, the right to testify

Please submit paper abstracts of no more than 350 words â€" creative presentations also
accepted. Full panels (featuring three papers) may also be proposed. Each panel proposal should
consist of three paper abstracts and a brief explanation of the panel’s purpose and relevance to
the conference. Each panel submission not to total more than 1,000 words. Please include name,
institutional affiliation (if applicable), street address, telephone number and email address on all
abstracts and proposals. Please submit all paper abstracts or panel proposals to Jessica Lawson
at 14 English-Philosophy Building, The University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242 or by email at Submission deadline is February 1, 2008. Visit the website at http:// for more information and scheduling updates.

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